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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
Carrie Sansing

Chicagoland Regional 2010

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Then why did you have to buy poo...nevermind...wrong word...

Funny you mention that, because Tim did buy pooh yesterday...

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Funny you mention that, because Tim did buy pooh yesterday...

It was kind of funny when Tim and Cathy(sp?) were walking out to their car with "Pooh- Pooh".

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What was the crash about midway thru??

It was that light globe on the table next to Judy hitting the ground for the first time. It fell four or five more times during the night. If it didn't fall apart each time, it would have probably rolled down the hill.

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Tim, Thanks for posting the pics. Looks like ya'll had a great time. Wish I could have made it. Just love Carrie's tree - spectacular!

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Just an update.....

I heard the the CPD caught up with the snowman hanger!!!

That didn't take long!!! Luke you have to work on your po-po evasion techniques...

BTW: you look guilty as heck in your Mugshot...

luke%20kampmug500.jpg

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I would just like to clarify that I did NOT actually swing at Frosty when he was suspended in the tree.
You could claim that you didn't actually see it.;)

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You could claim that you didn't actually see it.;)

Someone told me that was a wasp nest and you have to knock them out of the tree to get rid of them. What do I know? I'm from Miami.

Edit: BTW - thanks for the "trade". I'll send you a pic of Opus when we put all the penguins on the TV.

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Just an update.....

I heard the the CPD caught up with the snowman hanger!!!

That didn't take long!!! Luke you have to work on your po-po evasion techniques...

BTW: you look guilty as heck in your Mugshot...

luke%20kampmug500.jpg

I was wondering what happened to that Jerk Luke as he did skip out early, probably heard the CPD coming down Carrie's street and had to run!

I see Gary is already up to his Photochopping with the head shots :) This will be fun!

Edited by LightsonBeasley

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I'm sorry - exactly what sort of "Academic Honor Society" is Phi Beta Kappa, anyway?

Chuck... Have you never heard the term "Photochopping?? I do realize that I left out one of the P's simple mistake.. I was going to use "Photoshop" but Chopping came to mind...

JERK! :)

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